Skin tags, medically called Acrochordon, and also commonly referred to as skin tabs, are very common, harmless soft benign skin growths. Basically, they are small bits of flesh-colored or darkly pigmented tissue that project from the skin from a small, narrow stalk.
Skin tags most commonly form on the eyelids, the neck, underarms, in the folds of the groin, and under breasts. They are equally prone in both males and females and while most people will develop at least one skin tag in their lives, many people can develop hundreds of them.
Sometimes tags develop in clusters, hanging off places like the eyelids or neck. As a rule, where there is one, there are usually more, especially on the chest, back and face.
While there is no single cause of skin tags, they are most prominent in middle-aged adults and people who are obese.
Although some skin tags may fall off spontaneously, most persist once formed. Click the link and learn more about How Skin Tags are Formed
Removing Skin Tags
The desire to remove a skin tag is often for cosmetic reasons. On the other hand, while skin tags are not painful, they can cause discomfort depending on where they are located. They could be catching on clothing, jewelry, or become irritated from undergarments, seatbelts, etc.
Does Removing Skin Tags Cause More to Grow?
There is no evidence that removing a skin tag will cause more to grow. Some people are just prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically which may have to be removed on a regular basis.
Occasionally, a tag may fall off spontaneously. This will only happened if for some reason the tag has become twisted at the base which will interrupt the blood flow, causing the tag to fall off.
That said, the quickest and easiest way to remove a skin tag is to tie it off at the base with a piece of dental floss or string. Leave the string tied around the tag and it should fall off in a few days.
The other quick and easy way to remove a skin tag is to cut it off at the base with a sharp pair of scissors. While the result is instant, there may be a little blood involved. Simply dap the area clean after removal and it should heal in no time.
For those looking for a more natural, less aggressive, way to remove skin tags at home, there are natural oils like H-Skin Tags Formula that will do the job. The FDA approved product works naturally to reduce the size and appearance of skin tags daily, leaving no scarring. However, it may take anywhere from 2 – 6 weeks to work.
At the doctor’s office, skin tags are often frozen off with liquid nitrogen or burned off using electric cautery or electro-desiccation. Freezing or burning the skin tag does not always ensure its removal and the procedure may need to be repeated. Furthermore, freezing or burning might leave temporary skin discoloration.
When a large number of tags are being removed, the doctor may apply a topical anesthesia cream, however, usually no anesthesia is required for tag removal.
For skin tags around the eye area or on eyelids, it might be best to have an Opthalmologist remove the tag to avoid any damage to the eye.